Remembrance - The Yorkshire Regiment, First World War
Major Richard WALMESLEY
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Lieutenant Richard WALMESLEY
2nd Batallion the Yorkshire Regiment.
Son of John Walmesley, of Lucknam, Chippenham, Wilts.
Killed 21 October 1914, aged 23.
Buried in AEROPLANE CEMETERY, BELGIUM.
The following brief biography is provided by Bob Coulson in his biographies of Officers of the Yorkshire Regiment;-
Richard Walmesley was born in London on November 21st 1890.
He was educated at Eton School and from there entered Magdalene College at Cambridge in 1908. His great loves were horses and hunting and in 1912 he was master of the Cambridgeshire Harriers and hunted with the Quorn, Belvoir and Cottesmore hunts.
He was first gazetted in August of 1910 and received his promotion to Lieutenant on March 1st 1912 with the 3rd Battalion.
At the onset of war Lt Walmesley was attached to the 2nd Battalion and sailed
with them from Southampton, landing at
Zeebrugge on October 6th 1914. By way of Bruges the battalion made their way to Ypres arriving in the salient on October 14th. Five days later the 1st Battle of Ypres opened with Lt Walmesley and the battalion in the front line close to Gheluveldt.
On October 21st Lt Walmesley with “D” company were subjected to a terrific enemy shrapnel bombardment when, “He was shot through the head, death being instantaneous, the first of his regiment to fall”.
Lt Richard Walmesley was killed in this action on October 21st 1914 aged 23, being buried close to where he fell by his comrades.
After the war when smaller burial grounds were brought in, Lt Walmesley’s body was moved and today lies in Aeroplane Cemetery at Potijze, close to Ypres.
He was the only son of John Walmesley of Halls of Ince near Wigan in Lancashire.
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